Review of Jimmy the Greatest!

Jimmy the Greatest by Jairo Buitrago

Jimmy the Greatest! by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by 
Rafael Yockteng; trans. from 
the Spanish by Elisa Amado Primary    Groundwood    48 pp. 5/12    978-1-55498-178-6    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-206-6    $18.95 What happens when a boy from a nondescript small town grows up to be a talented boxer? Most would dream of bigger and better places, but not […]

Review of Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

koertge_lies knives and girls in red dresses

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge; illus. by Andrea Dezsö High School     Candlewick     88 pp. 7/12     978-0-7636-4406-2     $19.99 A much-honored poet and novelist retells, in free verse and from various points of view, twenty-three familiar tales (mostly Grimm, Andersen, and Perrault). With a contemporary sensibility and voice, Koertge pitches directly to […]

Mini Grey on Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Beach-Time Brenda's next adventure?

From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Christine Hepperman asks Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey author/illustrator Mini Grey about a new favorite character. Read the full review of Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey here. Christine M. Hepperman: Will Beach-Time Brenda reappear in future books, maybe headline a series of […]

Newbery 2012: The Year in Words

Dead End in Norvelt

Newbery speculation is alive and healthy, with even the mock awards receiving national news coverage (and with the USA Today reporter who interviewed me also confiding that his fifth-grade son was participating in one). Happily, the growing din of the buzz doesn’t seem to affect the pleasure of the surprise at the award press conference. […]

Caldecott 2012: “everything…which is yes”

A Ball for Daisy

Just as the proof of the pudding is in the eating, real appreciation of a picture book depends on more than a first taste, or a first look; truer evaluation becomes possible only after savoring every nuance. At first glance, illustrations may delight us with their beauty — their drafting, palette, forms, composition; with how […]

The Horn Book Magazine — July/August 2012

July/August 2012 Horn Book Magazine

  Table of Contents   Features Joanna Rudge Long 10 Caldecott 2012 The year in pictures. Chris Raschka 17 Caldecott Medal Acceptance Lydie Raschka 26 A Profile of Chris Raschka Nina Lindsay 37 Newbery 2012 The year in words. Jack Gantos 44 Newbery Medal Acceptance Wesley Adams 53 A Profile of Jack Gantos Kathleen T. […]